Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ: FB) released a statement on Monday regarding its ongoing privacy issue, in which the social media giant suspended 200 apps as well as conducted an investigation into cases of misused data.
The statement is an update from the app investigation and audit that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised back in March.
The investigation launched shortly after the major privacy breach scandal regarding an app created by Aleksandr Kogan. The app, allowed political firm Cambridge Analytica, to harvest the data of over 80 million Facebook profiles, which may have been used for politically targeted ads.
Zuckerberg said that the company will investigate apps that had access to large amounts of informations before Facebook changed its policies in 2014. Any app that failed or refused an audit would be banned from Facebook.
“To date thousands of apps have been investigated and around 200 have been suspended — pending a thorough investigation into whether they did in fact misuse any data. Where we find evidence that these or other apps did misuse data, we will ban them and notify people via this website. It will show people if they or their friends installed an app that misused data before 2015 — just as we did for Cambridge Analytica.” said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Product Partnership.
Facebook did not release which apps were suspended or banned because the investigation is still ongoing, confirming whether they abused Facebook’s policies.
Archibong said in the statement that Facebook investigated apps that had access to significant amounts of data. Then, wherever the company had concerns, it followed up contacting developers and asking questions, and then perform audits.
“There is a lot more work to be done to find all the apps that may have misused people’s Facebook data – and it will take time. We are investing heavily to make sure this investigation is as thorough and timely as possible. We will keep you updated on our progress.” concluded Archibong.